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The Monthly Catch

The General Publishing team at Penguin Random House Australia Pty Ltd is keen and excited to read new work from Australian authors, and as such we’ve developed the Monthly Catch. For the first week of every month, we throw our doors open to unsolicited manuscripts. In this time period (the 1st to the 7th of every month), please send through submissions based on the guidelines below.

We are only accepting submissions electronically – all hardcopy submissions will be recycled. And we are only accepting submissions in the first week of every month; anything that comes through outside of this time will not be considered.

We are not currently considering poetry, educational textbooks or plays/scripts. We do not accept submissions intended for children and young adult audiences.

For books for children and young adults, please see the separate submission instructions below.

For romance submissions, please submit directly to Destiny Romance.

When you send through your submission, you’ll receive an automatic email acknowledging receipt. All manuscripts are carefully read and assessed, but we can only respond to those who are successful. If we do not contact you within three months of submission, please assume that we have decided not to pursue your manuscript. No further correspondence will be entered into.

While we are unable to give feedback on every manuscript we receive, there are many avenues to help writers develop their manuscripts. See our advice for authors page for a collection of practical suggestions.

Attach your manuscript and a short synopsis (of no more than 300 words) as separate Word documents and send via email to Your email should be no larger than 3MB.

In the subject line of your email, please state the title of your book, whether your book is fiction or non-fiction, and then genre (eg The Lost Codex: Fiction/Thriller or The Address Book: Non-Fiction/Memoir).

Please include in the body of your email the following information:

  • Title.
  • Brief summary (two or three sentences).
  • Brief author bio (two or three sentences).
  • Any previous publishing history and/or any writing awards you’ve received.
  • Where would your book sit in the marketplace – i.e. what books would you see as comparison titles to yours, what authors are similar to you, who is the intended audience for your book, etc.
  • Has this proposal been sent to other publishers?
  • Have you previously submitted this, or a similar, proposal to Penguin? If so, please give details.



Dear Writing Public

Wow! And we say again, WOW! What an amazing response to our teeny-tiny, one week slice of opportunity for submissions, we received upwards of 1000 manuscripts.

So, with heads down and reading glasses on we sign off for now, but keep watching our website and we’ll let you know when we are next accepting your work.

In the meantime, please remember that if we do not contact you after three months, this means that, sadly, we are not going to make an offer for your book.

All the best
The Eds

If at first you don’t succeed…
Whilst we are unable to give feedback on every manuscript we receive, there are many avenues to help writers grow and improve.

We advise referring to as many books about the writing process as you can source. To view some titles we recommend please click here.

It's also a good idea to contact the writers' centre in your state or territory for assistance with the writing process and referral to community writing groups, agents and manuscript assessment services.

'This rare good book on how to set about writing a popular novel is compulsory reading. Fiona McIntosh is top of the Pops.'  Bryce Courtenay


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20 May 2016
Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards Shortlist Announced
We are delighted to announce that the following Penguin Random House authors have been shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards:

Suri’s Wall by Lucy Estela and Matt Ottley
Ollie and the Wind by Ronojoy Ghosh

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